In Vermont, the estimated number of deaths from Breast Cancer is 79 people out of 1000. Think about that number? Think about your Facebook friends and family? If you had 500 “friends” and suddenly 40 just disappeared?
I’ve lost track of all the women and men I know who have received a breast cancer diagnosis.
I can count on my fingers the number of people I know who have died of breast cancer, but I need both hands. That number is seven.
Number six was my dear step-mother, Deirdre. She lived with cancer for twenty-seven years before her body gave out. I know that even as recently as ten years ago, her prognosis would have been much poorer. It breaks my heart. So much progress has been made and yet so much more is needed. Even more so in 2020, when simply getting to a docotor's appointment can be life threatening.
I have been involved in the Susan G. Komen event in Manchester, Vermont since 2001, usually as a volunteer or a sponsor. This year I am forming a team, “Team Deirdre” (of course) for the 2020 Komen Vermont MORE THAN PINK Walk (Saturday, July 18), benefiting the local affiliate, Komen New England.
Please consider joining my team or learning how else you can participate in the progress towards an end to Breast Cancer.